15. Stuart Hogg: 6
One of Scotland’s better performers but he hardly got a chance to attack all game. His positioning in defence was good and his traction engine of a right boot kept Mike Brown guessing and turning whenever he kicked.
14. Tommy Seymour: 5
Threatened a few times and beat a couple of defenders but he largely spent the game running back and forth after pointless kicks. He looks half-decent on his day but will always be behind Sean Maitland and Tim Visser in the pecking order.
13. Alex Dunbar: 6
He worked hard in defence and twice he had to track back to make try-saving tackles on Jonny May, only to get a yellow card. Didn’t have a chance to prove himself in attack though.
12. Matt Scott: 3.5
You can tell he hasn’t played in a while due to injury. Showed nice footwork to begin with but once his fitness dropped, he missed a number of telling tackles, including one on Jack Nowell which led to Brown’s try.
11. Sean Lamont: 4
He didn’t look as hungry for the ball as last week and England targeted his lack of pace with long passes and cross-field kicks. He knew exactly what he was doing when he gave away a stupid penalty in front of his own posts.
10. Duncan Weir: 4.5
His strategy of kicking to the corners would have worked were it not for his poor kicking. Didn’t have a plan B after this and he looked clueless when faced with a white wall of defenders.
9. Greig Laidlaw: 4
He missed his only two attempts at goal and his box kicking was extremely poor. Add that to the slow service and indecisiveness and it all adds up to a bad day at the office for Laidlaw. Chris Cusiter has to start at 9 to give Scotland a much needed spark.
1. Ryan Grant: 4
Managed to hold his own in the scrum against Dan Cole but just like last week, he offered nothing in the loose. Gone are the days when Grant used to be close to double figures in the tackle count; he needs to get back to the form that saw him called up to the Lions before Dickinson jumps ahead of him.
2. Ross Ford: 2
The only reason that he has a rating as high as two is because he made two tackles. The lineout jumpers were useless and slow and he still couldn’t hit anywhere near them. He didn’t attempt to hook again which would have made the scrums a lot easier.
3. Moray Low: 4
Pretty much exactly the same as Grant. Redeemed himself with his scrummaging against a better front-row but still gave his team nothing in attack or defence.
4. Tim Swinson: 4
Physical in attack and defence but he was eclipsed by the more mobile opposition locks. His lack of organisation and communication were just some of the reasons why the lineout failed so badly. Shouldn’t be starting ahead of the Gray brothers but he’s a handy option to come off the bench.
5. Jim Hamilton: 3
Again, his experience should have shone through in a game like this, but instead he was slow, useless and gave away four needless penalties. Come on in Jim, your time is up.
6. Ryan Wilson: 4
Many said that Kelly Brown should have started ahead of him before the game and in reflection, he should have. He showed a lot of fight but at the moment he doesn’t have the ability needed at international level.
7. Chris Fusaro: 6
His solid debut was one of the few shining lights for Scotland. The breakdown was a lot better because of him and he made 16 tackles, even though the toil of test rugby showed at the end. Deserves to stay in the team.
8. Dave Denton: 6
I feel like I’m repeating myself from last week here. Tireless effort from Denton and he carried and tackled well but he is still seen by many as a six not an eight. For some baffling reason, he was subbed after 50 minutes.
Unfortunately, most of the replacements were too late or, in the case of Scott Lawson, not good enough to make an impact on the game. Alasdair Dickinson and Geoff Cross were solid as was the popular Johnnie Beattie. Cusiter couldn’t really do a lot and Max Evans spent most of the time going backwards.
By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)
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